Spoken Word in Milan (08/02/2009), after the Cox18 eviction
Let’s take back Cox 18, Calusca and the Primo Moroni Archive
At 7am on january the 22nd around 100 policemen entered the squatt COX18, which include in its premises the social center created more than 33 years ago, the Calusca City Light bookstore, founded in 1971, and the Primo Moroni Archive.
In a matter of a few hours, the answer of the city was explicit, a number of comrades, friends and neighbourhoods, gathered in front of the squatt and the armoured police units to confront the unwelcomed guests.
It’s clearly an illegal eviction which doesn’t consider a legal action already going on since july 2008 between the city administration and the squatt COX18 with the sole purpose of taking legal possession of the building. Vice Mayor De Corato, one the main heads trying to suffocate whatever isn’t uniformed, gives the responsibility of the action to head of the police and the regional administration. The DA affirm he wasn’t informed of anything until the eviction was on. Not a real problem, cause all the protagonists agree on the fact that the economic value of the building shouldn’t loose value. They’re talking about money and economic interest as if this was a reasonable explanation for what is going on.
At the present moment. the squatt is sealed and under seizure with all the materials inside, the books and the magazines of the bookstore and the archive included. The COX18 squatt, the Calusca Bookstore and the Primo Moroni Archive represent an important piece of radical and workers’ history; they testify the possibility to elude the principle of commercialization of things and thoughts.
We’re not alone, we got the company of others squats, places of free expression and exchange of ideas. Our survival is the survival of freedom of expression, thought and action; of the chance to master our own destiny and future, of any chance not to be judged and considered for what we can/want to spend.
It’s pretty clear we don’t consider this ‘game’ close, we recognize the ones refusing the homogeneity of monolithic thought guaranteed by the market and this pseudo democracy: they want us compatible, buyers and buyable, ordered and uniformed, we’ll remain what we know we are: original, always ready to spread knowledge, not homogenous and critical to whatever is imposed as truth.